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April 17, 1967

Inadvertent Hypothermia And Anesthesia

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Griffin, Ga

JAMA. 1967;200(3):262. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120160128032

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To the Editor:—  The timely publication of ANESTHESIA PROBLEM OF the month is certainly filling a long-felt void. Doctors Warner and Hamilton should be congratulated for their contribution.Monitoring of the temperature in infants and children is emphasized in academic anesthesia circles. This is of paramount importance. Monitoring of the temperature to avoid the development of "inadvertent hypothermia" is equally important, in my experience, in the aged. Many unexplained intraoperative and postoperative complications occur during orthopedic and other procedures carried out in such a group of patients.I would also like to call attention to the fact that when body cavities are extensively washed with solutions of lower than body temperature, "inadvertent hypothermia" may occur. I have reference particularly to transurethral resection of the prostrate.